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Questions no one knows the answers to - Chris Anderson

Questions no one knows the answers to - Chris Anderson
1) Ask teachers for their favorite unanswered questions. Create a large display space in your school or in some other public area in your community where people can write down other big questions, and/or identify which of the already-posted questions seems especially intriguing to them. 2) Anderson asks, “Why do so many innocent people and animals suffer terrible things?” Humans have been asking this whopper of a question for almost as long as humans have existed. Explore some of the explanations that have been offered by religious leaders, philosophers, writers and others. Identify three or four viewpoints that seem particularly provocative and different from one another. SoundVision’s The Really Big Questions Psychology Today: The Big Questions Blog John Templeton Foundation: Big Questions Essay Series The New York Times: Is neuroscience the death of free will?

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